NTSB Identification: NYC94LA095.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 28, 1994 in WARRENTON, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/02/1994
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-E, registration: N3200H
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL, THE 1946 ERCOUPE WAS NOT ACCELERATING AS THE PILOT WAS ACCUSTOMED, AND HE ABORTED THE TAKEOFF. DURING THE ABORT, THE AIRPLANE VEERED OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND NOSED OVER. THE PILOT HAD A TOTAL OF 21 HOURS IN THE ERCOUPE, AND ALL PREVIOUS FLIGHTS WERE ON HARD SURFACE RUNWAYS. THIS WAS THE PILOT'S FIRST DEPARTURE FROM A GRASS STRIP IN THIS AIRPLANE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot did not maintain directional control of the airplane during an aborted takeoff, which resulted in the airplane veering off the runway and nosing over. A factor in this accident was the pilot's lack of experience on grass strips in this make and model airplane.

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